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Behind the Scenes – Volume 90 Jan/Feb 2015

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

Until you’ve been to a photo shoot you might not realize much of it is make-believe!  That’s one of my favorite parts of our photo shoots—having the chance to watch a space transform with the clever use of lights, props and the expertise of a photographer and team.

Sure, it looks like a cozy bed with a pretty pillow made by Sherry McCary.

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But here’s what it took to put the scene together….

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Stylist Andrea Huffman fluffs up the ruffles before the final photo is taken.

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Next, we chose a neutral colored chair and pretty blue background for Eileen’s cover project.

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Andrea carefully arranges the fringe on the pillow while Steve Woods focuses on some close-up shots.

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The team examines the photos to make sure we have a cover shot.

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You’re going to want to read Eileen’s article, Jumbo Monograms to learn how to stitch the pillow.  She managed to stitch an embroidery design larger than her hoop.  No, that’s not a typo!  Read her article to find out how she accomplished this seemingly impossible task.

Plus, as an extra incentive, our friends at Embroidery Arts are offering a special coupon offer for the Arabesque 9 XL embroidery design used on the pillow.  Details are in the magazine.

Diane Kron made these Springtime Place Mats.  They are a great way to welcome the arrival of Spring!  As thirst-quenching as the tea looks, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Remember, props are often make-believe!

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Katherine Artine’s projects are always eye-candy!  This wall hanging project features software techniques, tips for working with organza and steps to create free standing heart appliques.  What fun!

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Here’s a table runner made by Sue Ann Obremski featuring mitered borders.  It’s a very educational article you won’t want to miss.  In fact, it looks like one of our little friends, Peter, is reading up on the software techniques!

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Ever feel like the embroidery hoops are getting bigger and bigger… and as much as you love the idea of a larger sewing field, you can’t afford a new machine?  JoAnn Connolly’s column, 4” x 4” & Fabulous addresses this challenge by offering projects that fit within a 4” x 4” sewing field.

We were enamored with these Pretty Petit Fours JoAnn submitted.  It’s easy to imagine handing them out to special friends and family.  After the candy is long gone (by the way, Denise ate all the candy after the photo shoot), the boxes can be repurposed to hold other small treasures.

Stylist Andrea Huffman unwraps the project and props.

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The candy and boxes are carefully arranged.

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The scene looks complete and ready to be photographed!

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Now’s the perfect time for Denise to add her special touch!

Peter enjoys the view from Petit Fours Central Park.

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Francis is a strong supporter of machine embroidery.  He has dedicated his life to spreading awareness of the craft.

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Of course, it’s not all fun and games at the photo shoot.  Well, maybe it is sometimes.  There’s something about white beadboard that excites Denise.

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Meanwhile, Creative Director, Sam Solomon stays productive at the photo shoot!

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Do you own a pair of boots?  If you don’t you’ll want to pick up a pair after seeing these monogrammed boot socks by Marie Zinno.

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Steve Woods and the model prepare for the next item—a button down shirt with symmetrical embroidery by Christy Burcham.  Christy’s steps to achieve success have been proven!  She recently mentioned she loved the shirt so much she whipped up a second sample for herself.

You might also notice the model is wearing slippers!

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While much of the photo shoot looks make-believe, as you have witnessed, a lot of heart, planning and attention to detail goes in to each issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.  From the team of writers, to the team responsible for editing and laying out the pages and of course the team responsible for all the beautiful photography— every issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery represents months of work!

But wait, there’s more to see inside the issue!  Be sure to pick up your copy of the January/February 2015 issue at your local dealer, JoAnn’s Fabrics or direct from Designs in Machine Embroidery.

Here’s your assignment this week:
It’s a puzzle! How many squares are in the picture below? Leave a comment below with your answer. One random correct answer will be chosen and will receive a $25 gift certificate to the DIME website. Good Luck!1-msGlp
The winner of last week’s assignment:
Tell us your favorite stitch you use when crazy quilting. Once random comment will be chosen to get their very own autographed copy of Today’s Crazy Quilting with Your Embroidery Machine by Eileen Roche! Thanks for reading and good luck!CrazyQuilting
And the winner is…Jeanne R. “My favorite stitch is the serpentine with opposing leaves. Very cute. Thanks for your pillow inspiration! I knew I was saving those dupioni remnants for something!”






  • Susanne Wiora

    I count 36 squares.

    • Jo Ann Pfeiffer

      I count 27.

    • Coral Snider

      I count 37.

    • joy jackson

      I count 28 squares


      I only counted 27 I tried to figure out how people got into the 30’s or my old eyes just don’t see good anymore…

  • Donna Fecteau


  • Donna Fecteau

    sorry! It’s 35

  • Karen McDonner

    I’m only counting 34!

  • Karen McDonner

    Actually, I recounted again and get 36! Great puzzle!

  • Joan

    I COUNT 35!!!

  • Pat

    Loved reading all about this months photo shoot. Looks like lot’s of fun besides very talented people working with you.
    I counted 36 Squares in the puzzle. Very clever.

    • Joyce Ross

      I count 34.

  • Renee Bell

    I counted 40 squares

    • Zoe

      I count 27 also … be interesting to see your answer .. 😉

  • Kathleen De Verville

    I counted 26 squares

  • Sherrie

    I found 36.

  • Sharon Sanchez


  • Carol Krencik

    I count 29-5

  • Anne Marie Reilly

    I got 36

  • Jennifer P

    i count 36

  • Jennifer Johnson

    There are 40 squares.

  • Erma Desper

    there are 40 squares

  • Susan J

    I must be a loser… I can only see 26. It’s okay, I have never been good with puzzles like this. My husband, the engineer, will probably see it right away.

  • Belinda Germain

    There are 40 squares, but many more if you counted rectangles too!

  • Judy Goshy

    I saw 25. Seems I
    Need to cross my eyes and look again.

    • Judy Goshy

      Ok I saw 33. Darn, where are the others? You gals are good.

      • Donna

        I am with you I only saw 33. Fun game! Way to go ladies!

  • Joyce Fike

    I counted 34 !!

  • Kelly Wood

    I count 27

  • karen arnold

    I see 27 squares.

  • Lester Ann Jensen

    I counted 27.

  • Ed Newbold

    It is 36.

  • Janet

    answer is > 10 and < 300
    That's the best I can do today 🙂

  • Claudia

    17 squares that are not overlapped.

  • Cathi Thomas

    There are 40 squares.

  • Vicki L in MN

    I see 35 so I must be missing something.

  • Dottie Kirkwood

    I found 40 squares. Had to count twice. LOL

  • Dottie Kirkwood

    My favorite stitch to use in Crazy Quilting is the one that looks like an over-sized asterisk/tiny snowflake. If one pays close attention while stitching, the center line stitches in the ditch but the spokes catch both fabrics = pretty.

  • Dennis Howard Kyne

    I count 35 squares Drawn on the paper 1 for the boarder around in the photo if that counts.

  • Pat Mueller


  • Beth

    I would have to say 27. I sure hope you show them numbered afterwards. I am real curious where the other squares are! I don’t see it!

  • Angela


  • maria elna

    I get36

  • Linda W

    40 squares

  • Kathryn

    36 squares

  • Pam Benefield

    I see 36

  • Janice Vilgats

    I see 30 squares.

  • Cathy

    I count 36!

  • Cathy

    OK – counted again – 38

  • Marcia a Nation

    i find 36. Great mind jogger.

  • Danie Duchesne

    I cou ted 34 square. Looking forward receivibg this magazine!

  • Debbie


  • RSM


  • Wendy Huss

    I count 36.

  • Susan Graham

    I can only count 16 squares and I am also looking to receiving this magazine. I have really enjoyed the articles during my current subscription period and the blogs.

  • Bonnie Gray


  • Susan Graham

    I can only count 16 squares and I am also looking forward to receiving this magazine. I have really enjoyed the articles during my current subscription period and the blogs.

  • Cathie Scanlon


  • Darlene Garee


  • Judy

    I am going with 36 as well!

  • tammy wright

    I only see 26 true squares.

  • Florence Daly

    I found 35

  • Lynda

    36 squares

  • Florence Daly

    I found 36

  • Barbara J. Frangella

    There are 24 squares

  • Beverly Schulte

    I counted 37!

  • Marcia

    I count 39

  • Sarah McKinney

    I counted 40

  • Betsy Freeman

    I see 36!

  • Diana

    I count only 16

  • Lynda J. Case

    24 squares

  • Gail Beam

    There are 40 squares.

  • Tracey

    I count 40 squares.

  • Lana L Jones

    I found 40 squares.

  • Beth R

    I got 41. But then it is late . . .

  • nicky

    I can only see 27 I sure hope you post the right answer

  • Jane Scott

    35 squares

  • joyce

    Can’t wait for the next issue looks like it is full of great ideas. Please post how you got the correct number of squares! This is a great puzzle my guess is 27

  • susana M

    I counted 27,& that’s with my glasses on.

  • Theresa Lindal

    9800 Seminary Rd
    LOT #1l8
    Edinburg, Tx.78541

  • Theresa Lindal

    I counted 35 squares.

  • Pat Scull

    I found 40 squares.

  • Leslie

    I found 36 squares.

  • Michelle H

    I ONLY COUNT 35!

  • sue cleek


  • Anne

    I make it 40

  • Ellen

    I count 36

  • Mar

    I count 40

  • Ellen

    I counted wrong it is 40

  • Kate

    16 squares

  • Cheryl

    I count 34

  • Joyce Green

    I counted 27 squares.

  • Carol Morris

    I counted 40!

  • Gina Piazza

    I get 36…. Can’t wait to know what the ‘correct’ answer is!

  • R. Edwin


  • Pam Dunbar


  • Barbara brady

    I count 31

  • Diane Cockman

    I counted 26 squares.

  • Barbara Rebman

    I counted 37 squares.

  • Anne West

    I found 40

  • Nancy N

    I found 40.

  • Janice Then

    I counted 35

  • Valerie Gwara

    I count 40 squares

  • Mary Garland

    I count 40!

  • Patty

    I found 36 squares.

  • Sharon

    I count 26.

  • Joy Carroll Miller

    I counted 40! Good puzzle!!

  • Celine POLETTI

    I’ve foud 36 squares, it was funny to play with, thank you. Céline from France

  • Maureen Angers

    I counted 40. Pick me pick me!

  • Colleen Gee

    I got 40!

  • Lissette Mattern

    41 squares. Good game.

  • Meghan M.

    I count 40 =)

  • Lois D.

    I counted 36. How did people get 40???

  • Mary Dinkfeld

    I count 36

  • Kandice

    I counted 35 squares.

  • Lori E

    Eek – I can only see 27!

  • Mary S

    There are 33 squares. Of course there would be more if it included rectangles.

  • Patty Hockman


  • Judith Stalcup

    I count 16 squares!

  • Judith Stalcup

    I’d like to change that to 18 squares!

  • PCheatwood


  • Colleen

    I count 36

  • Judy Reves


  • Amy M


    • Amy M

      Correction 37

  • Rebecca Hunt

    I guess….44 squares

  • Denyse Rose

    I get 31 counting ALL the squares only.

  • Pat Bailey

    I see only 33.

  • Carol K.

    I count 35!!!!

  • Esther Hopland

    I counted27 squares

  • Barb Grant

    I counted 31. Loved the magazine preview!

  • Sue Y


  • Nancy Weber

    I find 40 squares. Love the jumbo monograms. Hugs. Nan

  • Gwynn McKenzie


  • Karen

    I find 36.

  • Cindy Masek

    36! I’m sure!

  • Barb Grant

    I’m going crazy! I recounted and got 44!

  • Cathy

    I think there are 36. Can’t wait to try the pillow for my girls!

  • Pam

    You have an amazing crew

  • Margarita

    I count 36 squares.

  • Enis Blizman

    I see 40 and can’t wait to receive my Jan/Feb issue if DIME.

  • Barbara McKenzie


  • Joan Luiz

    I get 36 squares.

  • Dawn Miller


  • Amy


  • Colleen


  • Bev Wilson


  • Barbara

    I count 26.

  • Sandra Douglas

    I count 34 squares.

  • Veronica

    It took a few days, but I see 40 squares. Can’t wait for the answer.

  • Debi

    I count 36 squares

  • Sandy Jackson

    I count 46.

  • Eve

    I counted 27 squares

  • Christine Monical

    I count 40.

  • Kristi D.

    I get 40 Hope I win

  • Karen P

    I count 32

  • LeAnne L

    I found 40.

  • Dorrie

    I think there are 40 squares

    • Dorrie

      Woops! I now see 43 squares!
      Dorrie in Australia.
      Talk about spots before the eyes.
      I’m now seeing squares!

  • Barbara Wolcott

    I count 33

  • Dorrie

    What!! Are they having babies?
    I can now see 49 squares.
    Dorrie Melbourne Ausralia

  • Lynn

    There are 36 squares.

  • Lucinda

    I have counted 40 squares – thinking outside the box.

  • Lorena O'Daniel

    For me,,,, 37 squares

    • Marie

      36, I think!

  • JudiC

    Final answer (after several counts) is 40.

  • Elaine

    I kept coming up with different answers but I’m sticking with 40 squares.

  • Margaret E. Hartman

    I believe that there are 16 squares. I know everyone else has much larger answers, but that’s what I think it is.

  • Martha Lewis

    I count 35,I am anxious to here the answer what a fun puzzle thanks

  • Marie Hipple

    I counted 33, Was a fun puzzle.

  • Carolyn Kuhn

    I counted 36 squares.

  • April

    I see 33 and by the way bets issue yet

  • Debbie

    I see 41.

  • Judie Renfrow

    I counted 24

  • Cindy

    I count 39 without the outside border. Only included the things surrounded in blue and no rectangles. If you count rectangles, I am getting at least 48 more. Now I’m blind and cross eyed.

  • Celeste B

    I get 36

  • Fran Lopes

    27 blocks appear to me.

  • Marie Williams


  • Audra G

    I count 36 squares.

  • Doreen

    I found 36 so far. Still got 36

  • Sue H

    I finally found 40

  • Debra Kay Neiman

    40 squares. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  • beth

    I count 24 squares.

  • Kathy

    I count 31

  • Elizabeth C.

    I believe it is 32 squares. Hope I counted right.

  • Kristal

    I count 36

  • Lawanda M

    I count 16

  • Cindy Mintz


  • Victoria

    I count 19 full squares

  • Sherry Carden


  • Carol Myers

    I counted 31 hope I saw them all

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    Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this.
    I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a good
    read. Thanks for sharing!

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    I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center
    yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.
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  • kk

    My bid is 27. tx!!

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  • Bruce

    I just enjoyed this post, but I really count only 40. Great post.